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Woman Celebrating Birthday at Illegal NYC Club Dies After Workers Drag Her to Back Room, Leave Her For Hours: Cops

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Aug. 14 2023, Published 3:01 p.m. ET

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A woman in New York City collapsed while partying inside an illegal after-hours club in Queens, and she died after workers allegedly dragged her to a back room instead of calling 911 and left her for hours, her family alleged.

On July 31, Stephanie Quinones, the mother of a 12-year-old girl, was out celebrating her 35th birthday at the unnamed nightspot in Astoria when she suddenly passed out, the New York Post reported.

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According to the publication, footage from inside the club showed bystanders slapping Quinones in the faces and trying to revive her before they hauled her off the dance floor by her arms.

The bartender at the club, which does not have a liquor license, then sent a picture of an unconscious Quinones to her mom in Florida, and then texted her sister, Jasmine Gonzalez, who lives in the Bronx: “Come get your drunk sister," family said.

Gonzalez reportedly didn’t realize how dire the situation was and arrived at the club two hours later. She called 911, which is when the club employees allegedly fled and locked her inside, The Post reported.

“I was doing compressions on a dead person,” Gonzalez told The Post. “Everyone left me alone. No one even had the decency to stay.”

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Gonzalez stepped outside to hail down the approaching ambulance and then went back inside the building, but by the time the ambulance made it down the block, workers reportedly had relocked the club’s door.

“Someone would still have their mother if they just called 911," Gonzalez said. "The thing that hurts me the most is, not only did they not call 911, but it was cruel to have me go over there, giving me hopes that she was alive.”

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A video later posted on social media showed Quinones lifeless on the dance floor, according to The New York Post. Gonzalez thinks her sister was already dead when the video was recorded.

“She didn’t have any reaction at all [in the video],” she said. “Usually people have a reaction.”

The medical examiner is currently still investigating the case and has yet to determine the cause of Quinones’ death.


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